Saxophonist Esa Pietilä & organist Pétur Sakari improvisation, Kallio Church, Helsinki, Finland.
Organist Pétur Sakari and saxophonist Esa Pietilä started their collaboration in 2018. Their colourful and virtuosic expression unites many eras of music from baroque through renaissance to new contemporary music. The unique duo of saxophone and organ performs surprisingly new and unprecedented versions of widely known masterpieces, occasionally adding improvisation, though honouring the tradition.
As Pietilä is an acclaimed composer, the duo also performs music written by him. Both artists are known for their ability to improvise in virtuoso manner from any given style or musical idiom – this asset makes their cooperation immensely interesting. Alongside original music written by Pietilä and other renowned composers, in their repertoire there are versions of classics from J.S. Bach, Astor Piazzolla and the most known and admired pieces of contemporary music.